Empire State Building Lights Up In Red For Dolphins Of The Cove
On Friday, the Empire State Building in New York lit up in red to raise awareness about the plight of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
AsianScientist (Dec. 10, 2011) – On Friday, the Empire State Building in New York lit up in red to raise awareness about the plight of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
Ric O’Barry, star of the Academy Award-winning covert documentary film The Cove, was there with Cove Director Louie Psihoyos, Cove Producer Fisher Stevens, and actor-comedian John Leguizamo to watch the building turn a shade of amber.
The idea to light up the Empire State Building was conceived by Save Japan Dolphins volunteer Leilani Munter, who convinced its owners to host a special lighting ceremony to remind people about the situation in Taiji.
“Before the people of Japan can stop their government from supporting this annual slaughter, they need to know about it,” wrote O’Barry on his Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project website.
“And what better way than to light up the iconic Empire State Building in New York, the ‘World’s Most Famous Office Building,’ in red lights?” he said.
A few months ago, O’Barry held a public session in Singapore to campaign for the release of 25 wild-caught dolphins bought by Resorts World Sentosa for its Marine Life Park.
O’Barry, a long-time opponent of the dolphin export trade, reminded the audience that the slaughter of dolphins persisted despite global awareness about the Taiji dolphin hunt.
“We still have a lot to do in The Cove. Today, they captured and killed 30 dolphins. It is important to keep it in the news,” he said.